CAPAZOMANINTECO project ardent on zoonotic diseases control in Nakasongola district

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CAPAZOMANINTECO PROJECT ARDENT ON ZOONOTIC DISEASES CONTROL IN NAKASONGOLA DISTRICT

CAPAZOCAPAZOMANINTECO project officials, NORAD and NORHED team pose for a group photo at the L. Kyoga shores in Nakasongola District on 19th November, 2017.

Following the global health threat by zoonotic diseases that continue to undermine the efforts for social and economic development, Makerere University’s Emerging and Zoonotic diseases management project is in the boundless fight against Brucellosis in Nakasongola district.

This was manifested on 19th November 2017 when the team from the four partnering countries under CAPAZOMANINTECO Project together with officials from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED) visited pastoral communities in Nakasongola district for a follow up on the human-livestock health in regards to the control of Zoonoses.

 

The team was led by the project Principal Investigator, Prof. Clovice Kankya, who also spearheaded brief discussions with the livestock farmers about the health conditions and maintenance of their animals.

Prof. Kankya urged the farmers to report all threatening Zoonotic cases so that the project can develop measures on how to control them.

“Brucellosis is one of the diseases that CAPAZOMANINTECO focuses on. It is therefore important for farmers to get aware of this disease, how it is caused and transmitted so that we find measures of stopping it together,” he said.

The Capacity building in Zoonotic diseases Management Using Integrated Ecosystems and gender focused approach (CAPAZOMANINTECO) project fellows have conducted various research on Zoonoses. Following the study on Brucellosis in cattle and goats in Nakasongola district by a Masters fellow of the project, Dr. James Bugeza, the project team found the need to visit the farmers in the district for a continuous health assessment regarding the disease.

 

“According to the research on Brucellosis in Nakasongola district, some animals were infected with the disease which prompted farmers to sell off those that were infected for slaughter. This act exposes humans to the risk of contracting the disease if healthy measures are not taken when it comes to consumption. However, the farmers in this district are more dependent on their animals as a source of income and we are continuously advising them on how to control the disease,” Dr. Bugeza said.

Through discussions during the field visit, a local Veterinary Officer in Nakasongola District, Dr. Steven Kabaseke reported that at Ekitangaala Ranch- Nakasongola, services beyond livestock are delivered due to concern about human development.

“The reason why we have a secondary school, Cornerstone Academy sited within a ranch is because we also aim at influencing livelihood of people in East Africa,” he noted.

 

A livestock farmer in Kisaalizi- Nakasongola, David Muyegu also reported that his fifty heads of cattle are the only source of income to cater for his family and farm labor.

The team comprising of NORAD Senior Advisers; Jeanette Da Silva and Rosalba Ortiz commended the CAPAZOMANINTECO team for applying the best practices of operation in accomplishing the project goals.

“As NORAD, we are really concerned and impressed with CAPAZOMANINTECOs quick task accomplishment. Your strong focus on research and community engagement is very positive. The inclusion of all stakeholders in planning, operationalization and a strong multidisciplinary focus is very complementary,” Da Silva stressed.

 

She added that the strong academic length and maintenance of partnerships is very commendable, thanking Prof. Kankya for being a committed leader in having the project deliver its intended purpose.

This she stated during the project Annual Meeting which was held on 20th November 2017, in CAPAZOMANINTECO Research Office (CRO) at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB) - Makerere University after the field visit.

 

The discussions were also blessed with participation from CAPAZOMANINTECO Project coordinators in partnering universities such as; Prof. Clovice Kankya- Makerere University- Uganda, Prof. Eystein Skjerve- Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) - Norway, Dr. Musso Munyeme and Dr. Sydney Malama- University of Zambia (UNZA), and Prof. Ambrose Samuel Jubara- University of Bahr- El- Ghazal (UBG) - South Sudan.

More in the discussions were representatives from partnering institutes such as; Director for the Norwegian Veterinary Institute- Norway, Prof. Gudmun Holstad and the Secretary General for the National Union against Tuberculosis and lung disease, Dr. Adrian Muwonge.

 

CAPAZOMANINTECO is one of the 9 projects funded by NORHED at Makerere University which is the grant recipient.

NORHED aims at strengthening capacity of higher education institutions in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) and to increase quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries’ own researchers for enhancement in sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

It is remembered that on 30th October 2014, CAPAZOMANINTECO project conducted a One Health workshop in Nakasongola district which aimed at increasing pastoral community awareness about Zoonotic diseases such as; Brucellosis, Rabies, Cysticercosis, Echinococcosis, and Tuberculosis as well as identifying risk factors that increase community exposure to those diseases.

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CAPAZOMANINTECO Project Principal Investigator, Prof. Clovice Kankya making his remarks during the field visit in Kibatiko- Nakasongola District on 19th November, 2017.

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Some of the cattle from which samples were collected for study during the Project research on Brucellosis in Kibatiko village, Nakasongola District.

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One of the farmers in Nakasongola District, David Muyegu whose cattle were studied during the research on Brucellosis for CAPAZOMANINTECO project research.

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CAPAZOMANINTECO project officials together with the NORAD and NORHED team pose for a group photo at CoVAB- Makerere University on 20th November, 2017.

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CAPAZOMANINTECO project officials together with the NORAD and NORHED team during a field visit in Kibatiko village Nakasongola District on 19th November, 2017.

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CAPAZOMANINTECO project officials together with the NORAD and NORHED team in an Annual Meeting in the CAPAZOMANINTECO Research Office (CRO) at CoVAB- Makerere University on 20th November, 2017.

 

 

 

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